Paint removal is no longer a difficult task with the advent of the heat gun. This handy tool is particularly successful at removing paint from most surfaces if proper care is taken. The temperature can be regulated to make sure that the area does not become damaged due to overheating.
The instructions must be read carefully to know the correct temperature for the type of material you are working with. It would be best to experiment on any object you would not mind scorching as holding the heat gun too close or for too long over an area causes it to scorch, and you would not want to scorch any valuable furniture.
The heat gun is used to heat the paint as much as required to make it malleable and thereafter it can be scraped off with any stripping tool of your choice. Gloves should be worn during the heating process and one should make sure to direct the hot air away from one’s hands. Care must be taken while choosing the stripping tool as it should be compatible with the heat gun so that it can resist higher temperatures.
It is advisable to try it out for sometime and gain confidence before you attempt the real task. The heat gun must always be held at a stipulated distance away from the material. Once the paint starts to soften you must scrape it with care and keep an old towel or rag in hand to wipe off the sticky paint on the stripping tool.
Even the thickest layers of paint can be removed with a heat gun from any surface. The heat gun works especially well on wooden surfaces. An example of such a process would be the restoration of your antique furniture to a state of previous beauty.